Laptop Mag Benchmarks CPU Performance

The Laptops with the Best CPU Performance

Whether you're gaming, crunching numbers or editing videos, you need a fast CPU. To test processor prowess, we run a spreadsheet macro that matches 20,000 names with their addresses and records the time. These laptops finished fastest.

Product Spreadsheet Performance (mm:ss) Rating Price (As Tested) Starting Price
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC 00:33 3.5
out of 5
$1,499
From $1,499
ASUS
Dell Latitude 5490 00:59 3.5
out of 5
$799
From $799
Dell Home
MSI GL62M 7REX 01:00 3
out of 5
$949
From $949
Newegg
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s 01:01 3.5
out of 5
$1,429
From $1,429
Lenovo
Dell Latitude 7390 01:07 3.5
out of 5
$1,199
From $1,199
Dell Small Business
Dell XPS 13 9360 01:08 4.5
out of 5
$799
From $799
Dell Home
Dell XPS 13 9370 (2018) 01:08 4.5
out of 5
$999
From $999
Dell Home
MSI GT75VR Titan Pro 01:09 4
out of 5
$2,699
From $2,699
Newegg
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (3rd Gen) 01:10 4
out of 5
$1,649
From $1,649
Lenovo
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN 01:10 4
out of 5
$999
From $999
Amazon
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 01:10 4
out of 5
$1,649
From $1,649
Lenovo
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 01:11 5
out of 5
$1,519
From $1,519
Lenovo
Lenovo ThinkPad T480 01:11 4
out of 5
$1,049
From $1,049
Lenovo
Lenovo ThinkPad X280 01:19 3.5
out of 5
$1,179
From $1,179
Lenovo
HP Envy x360 15t (8th Gen) 01:20 3
out of 5
$669
From $669
HP
HP ZBook x2 01:21 4
out of 5
$2,279
From $2,279
HP
HP Pavilion Power 15t 01:22 3
out of 5
$629
From $629
HP
Acer Nitro 5 Spin 01:25 3.5
out of 5
$899
From $899
Newegg
HP Spectre x360 15-inch (2017) 01:28 4
out of 5
$1,129
From $1,129
HP
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming (Late 2017) 01:29 3.5
out of 5
$949
From $949
Dell Home
Acer Aspire E 15 (2018) 01:30 4
out of 5
$599
From $599
Amazon
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576G-5762 01:30 4
out of 5
$599
From $599
Amazon
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch) 01:31 4
out of 5
$2,499
From $2,499
Best Buy
Samsung Notebook 9 Pen 01:31 2.5
out of 5
$1,399
From $1,399
Samsung
Acer Swift 3 01:32 3
out of 5
$699
From $699
Amazon
Dell Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1 (8th Gen Core) 01:32 3
out of 5
$499
From $499
Dell Home
HP Envy 13t 01:33 4
out of 5
$849
From $849
HP
Acer Nitro 5 01:33 3
out of 5
$749
From $749
Amazon
HP Spectre x360 (13-inch) 01:36 4
out of 5
$1,149
From $1,149
HP
Asus ZenBook Flip 14 01:40 4
out of 5
$1,299
From $1,299
Amazon

Other Benchmarks

  • Highest Resolution Screens - Screen resolutions that are higher than 1920 x 1080 (1080p).
  • Weight - Laptops that weigh 3.5 pounds or less.
  • Battery Life - Machines that lasted over 9 hours on our test.
  • Graphics Performance - Systems that achieved a high score on the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark.
  • Hard Drive Speed - Reads and writes files the fastest with their hard drives or SSDs.
  • Overall Performance - Strongest scores on Geekbench 4, which measures overall system speed.
  • Productivity Performance - Top processor speed as measured by the Laptop Spreadsheet Macro test.
  • Display Brightness - The most luminous displays have a brightness of 300 nits or higher.
  • Color Gamut - The most vibrant laptop screens can reproduce at least 95 percent of the sRGB color gamut.